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United Way of Midland County Honors Angel Moore in Memoriam with The Charles J. Strosacker Award, Video Tribute

United Way of Midland County is honoring Angelica [...]

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House in a Box™ Program to Provide Home Essentials for Michigan Flood Survivors

A historic 500-year flood that swept through Midland County, Mich. [...]

By |February 19th, 2021|Categories: Flood, News|Comments Off on House in a Box™ Program to Provide Home Essentials for Michigan Flood Survivors
704, 2021

Show a little Gratitude: Adopt-a-School

April 7th, 2021|News|

Monday, April 5th – Friday, April 30th 

It’s no secret that our schools and teachers have been put to the test over the last year.

To show our gratitude for their hard work, United Way Young Leaders United is partnering with Midland Business Alliance to provide lunch from local restaurants for all 1,325 staff members in the Midland, Bullock Creek, Meridian, and Coleman school districts.

This is a great way to pay it forward with your stimulus money. It’s a win-win: you’re supporting local business + the dedicated staff members of our local school systems

Click here to Adopt a full or half school as an individual, group, or company OR donate towards a single meal.

 

2203, 2021

United Way to Reveal New ALICE Report

March 22nd, 2021|News|

On Tuesday, March 23, the Michigan Association of United Ways (MAUW) is releasing a new report on the state’s ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) population. The report spotlights new data showing the magnitude of need of families across the state. It also helps us understand our collective role to help improve conditions for ALICE in Michigan.

All are invited to tune into Michigan United Ways’ Facebook page tomorrow from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for the updated ALICE report reveal.

“This is a population we know well—the many hardworking families who have an income below the ALICE Threshold,” said Holly Miller, president and CEO of United Way of Midland County. “We are committed to understanding the need and investing in resources that support these individuals and families. This report provides insights and identifies ways we can advocate at a state and local level to fill in the gaps.”

The ALICE Project is the result of the collaboration between United Ways across Michigan, with help from the Consumers Energy Foundation and support from Michigan legislators. Updated every two years, this is the fourth ALICE report released to the public since 2015.

The data shines a light on many in our state who work hard at jobs that don’t cover what it costs to make ends meet. These residents have an income above the Federal Poverty Level, but still struggle to afford the basic household necessities: housing, child care, food, health care, technology, and transportation.

This year’s ALICE Report Launch Event will feature notable speakers, including:

  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer
  • Senator Jim Stamas
  • Carolyn Bloodworth, Consumers Energy Foundation
  • Michiganders sharing their personal stories, including a community member from Midland

Sen. Stamas said United Way’s ALICE Project shines a light on the real problems facing real Michigan families.

“Thousands of people across our state—ALICE households—have been hit hard in the pandemic and the state’s ongoing restrictions,” Stamas said. “Many of these households are workers providing for their families and are critical to our state’s success. They should never have to choose between paying their childcare, healthcare, car insurance and putting food on the table. I am proud that we have continued focused investment in the state’s budget and in the Covid-19 relief efforts to support these families.”

Miller added that United Way places a high priority on serving as a voice and advocate for programs and people that serve ALICE.

“In the next coming weeks, follow our United Way of Midland County Facebook page and website as we share the new ALICE report with localized data, stories and statistics that help spotlight how United Way has—and will continue to—support ALICE,” she said.

To view the ALICE Report launch live, visit www.facebook.com/MIUnitedWays at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 23. The new report can be viewed at United Way of Midland County’s website following the launch at www.unitedwaymidland.org

 

803, 2021

United Way of Midland County Honors Angel Moore in Memoriam with The Charles J. Strosacker Award, Video Tribute

March 8th, 2021|COVID-19|

United Way of Midland County is honoring Angelica “Angel” Moore with the 2020 Charles J. Strosacker Award in memoriam.

Moore, 29, passed away unexpectedly in September 2020. As Director of Mentoring Programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region, she was dedicated to improving the lives of our neighbors and creating lasting impact in the region and beyond.

“2020 has been a challenging year on so many levels, but losing Angel was a shock,” said Holly Miller, president & CEO of United Way of Midland County. “In talking with the Nominations Committee and The Charles J. Strosacker Foundation, there was unanimous support to honor Angel. She truly embodies all of the qualities of a Strosacker recipient and was a bright star that left us too soon. She leaves behind a legacy of caring, compassion and heart for people.”

The Charles J. Strosacker Award recognizes an individual from a United Way partner agency for their contribution and leadership in promoting the well-being of Midland County residents. This award is historically celebrated at the annual Spirit of the Community awards, which was cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns.

“It is a privilege to honor Angel with The Charles J. Strosacker Award,” said Kim Baczewski, Executive Vice President of The Charles J. Strosacker Foundation. “She inspired many. Her commitment to her community, the impact of her work and her compassion toward all will not only be remembered, but will be lived out in her memory.”

To respect Covid-19 restrictions while still honoring Moore and her many contributions, a video tribute—including interviews from those who knew Moore in both professional and personal capacities—was created by local production studio ImageWorks, Ltd. The video can be viewed on United Way’s website—www.unitedwayofmidland.org—and on their Facebook page.

In her role at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Moore developed program strategies to meet the needs of the community and grow the program to serve more children. She was a shining example of what it meant to not just talk the talk, but take actual action to improve lives, systems, strategies and processes.

Above all, Moore had a passion in her heart and fire in her spirit to constantly grow, adapt and evolve—not just for herself, but the programs she touched as part of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

“We are excited that Angel is being recognized for all her work in the community,” said Scott Litle, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region. “She was so committed to helping others, especially the youth.  Angel embodied this award and it is so great to have others notice the work that we have seen from her first-hand for so long.”

Linda Lones, Vice President of Fund Development at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region, said Moore helped the organization serve more children—and in turn, change more lives—and kept children at the heart of everything the organization did. Moore streamlined processes and efficiencies and was a champion for every child, family and Big they served.

“Angel’s passion for helping others is woven throughout the fabric of all things Big Brothers Big Sisters,” said Lones. “She led with a desire to ensure our programs were at the highest quality and that they made the biggest impact in the lives of at-risk youth.  She shared her passion loud and proud and that energy was contagious.”

Miller, who had also worked alongside Moore in the nonprofit arena, said that Moore’s legacy will live on through her example.

“It is people like Angel that change the world, and she changed mine,” shared Miller. “Her love and her vision live on through all of us.”

1902, 2021

House in a Box™ Program to Provide Home Essentials for Michigan Flood Survivors

February 19th, 2021|Flood, News|

A historic 500-year flood that swept through Midland County, Mich. in May 2020 left thousands facing hardship. But thanks to a partnership between the Long-Term Disaster Recovery Group, United Way of Midland County and the Disaster Services Corporation, flood survivors can receive home essentials in an efficient “one-stop shop” way as they work to rebuild their lives.

Organized and led by the Disaster Services Corporation – Society of St. Vincent de Paul USA, the House in a Box Program™ (HIB) provides necessary home items for disaster survivors, all in one kit. One package includes the following brand-new items:

  • Beds
  • Linens
  • Dishes
  • Pots and pans
  • Dressers
  • Silverware
  • Bathroom setup
  • Dinette
  • Couch

“The goal of the program is to provide new household items for families who have lost everything due to a disaster—like the flood that Midland County experienced—and who are forced into situational poverty because of such events,” said Kevin Peach, COO, Disaster Services Corporation – Society of St. Vincent de Paul USA.  “House in a Box™ gives dignity to families in crisis as it gives them a new and fresh start.”

Midland County’s Long-Term Disaster Recovery Group—a cross-sector group of individuals from a variety of organizations and agencies working together to help the community recover from the flood—helped spearhead the efforts to bring HIB to Midland County.

“After the Long-Term Disaster Recovery Group reviewed the program and met with SVDP-USA Disaster Services representatives, we found a perfect match between what this well-established program offers and the needs of individuals and families who suffered catastrophic loss in the Midland County flooding,” said Rev. Matthew W. Schramm, Long Term Disaster Recovery Group member and senior pastor/head of staff at Memorial Presbyterian Church in Midland. “Being able to receive these building blocks of a home in one place is convenient. For those who have experienced such upheaval, convenience is a blessing.”

As part of the Long-Term Disaster Recovery Group, United Way of Midland County helped provide financial support, as well as logistical and volunteer coordination for distribution of the household items. Currently, the HIB items are stored in a Midland warehouse owned by J.E. Johnson, a local heating and cooling company, which United Way is partnering with for flood relief storage and logistics.

On February 23, volunteers coordinated through United Way will get together at the warehouse to assemble and organize the HIB materials for distribution. The organizations are currently discussing potential future collaborative efforts, depending on need.

“United Way is excited to host St. Vincent de Paul volunteers,” said Bre Sklar, disaster volunteer manager. “It will be so meaningful to homeowners to see first-hand these brand-new items they can look forward to. Flood recovery is a staggered process and it will be wonderful to have these items ready to go the moment a flood survivor is ready for them. We could not have done this so effectively without the partnership with the Disaster Services Corp., SVDP-USA’s Kevin Peach and his team, and we are truly grateful.”

The Disaster Services Corporation (DSC) is a Catholic lay organization that helps people in situational poverty brought about by natural and man-made disasters get their lives back in order. It is a sister company to the National Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP), which has provided disaster relief since its founding in France in 1833. The House in a Box Program™ is one of the most well-known programs of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

So how does the HIB program’s selection process work?

“Families are reviewed and referred to the program through a Disaster Case Management process that ensures that there is no duplication of benefits,” Peach said. “DSC buys furniture and furnishings in volume through pre-screened vendors so that it can provide a starter household furniture kit at a greatly reduced price.”

All families receive the same new items which are packaged for efficiency of delivery. The program is scalable to the size of the family and starts at $3,200 for a family of four. United Way is utilizing funds from their Rise Together fund to purchase the kits at a discounted rate, saving over $58,000 versus paying for these new household items individually.

The Midland County flood—caused by two dam failures in May 2020— created over $200 million in damages to more than 2,500 buildings. Over 10,000 people had to flee their homes to find safety. Despite the damages, not one person died as a result of the disaster.

“Rebuilding after a disaster is a marathon, not a sprint,” said Sklar. “It does not happen overnight. But through the generosity of organizations and programs like House in a Box™, our community members can get access to much-needed resources to pick up the pieces of their lives.”

To connect with a Disaster Case Manager with the Long Term Disaster Recovery Group, call 989-374-8000. If you are interested in volunteering with the distribution of the HIB kits or flood relief efforts, visit volunteerglbr.org or contact Bre Sklar at bre@unitedwaymidland.org. For more information on the Disaster Services Corporation – Society of St. Vincent de Paul USA, visit https://www.svdpdisaster.org/.

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